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Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock - Utica, IL

Stay by Starved Rock State Park

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This woodsy resort is located near Starved Rock State Park and offers activities for whole family

Hotel at a Glance: Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

For a family getaway from Chicago, the Quad Cities, or Central Illinois, few spots are more alluring than scenic Starved Rock State Park in central Illinois, a year-round hiking destination beloved for its sandstone canyons. Located less than two miles from the state park, Grand Bear Resort draws couples, families, and large groups with its massive indoor waterpark. To enhance the trip, consider a stay at Grand Bear Resort.

  • Onsite waterpark: Splash around Grand Bear Falls, the 24,000 square foot indoor waterpark which features a wave pool, water slides, hot tub, lazy river, kiddie pool, and play zones.
  • Waterpark concessions: Head over to the Wave Cave to sip on adult beverages or snack on soft-pretzels, Nathan’s Famous all-beef hot dogs, and nachos.
  • Where you’ll stay: Guest suites have a Northwoods vibe and also provide the comforts of home, including cable TV and free WiFi.
  • Hearty dining is available at Jack’s Place Restaurant & Bar, which serves traditional American dishes. Hours of operation vary, click here to see all dining options.
  • Onsite entertainment: Play a round at Canyon Creek Mini Golf, or try your luck at Cave Arcade, featuring over 60 different thrilling games, and open Friday–Sunday.

To view the waterpark hours, click here.

Utica, IL: A Historic Refuge

Located between the Quad Cities, Peoria, and Chicago, Utica, IL offers refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily life in the city and a step back into a more-quaint time. The town was established during the 1830’s along the banks of the Illinois River as a riverside stop from the steamboats that darted up and down the winding river. Visitors today can take a look at the Illinois/Michigan canal, which helped Illinois sailors run river trading during much of the 19th century, or the LaSalle County Historical Museum, which was one a general store for pioneers settling the area.

Just south of Utica and across the Illinois River are Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore each parks’ unique and striking rock formations while soaking in the immense amount of vegetation and wildlife. In summer, the park’s meadows are blanketed with wildflowers including black-eyed susans, partridge-pea blossoms, and purple mint buds. Those who enjoy the water can wind along the Illinois River as it cuts through Starved Rock park.

What You Get

  • Stay for four in a balcony family suite

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total voucher rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Several dining options
  • Family story time
  • Family movie night (Friday–Saturday)
  • Arcade (Friday–Sunday)
  • Mini-golf (based on weather)
  • Waterpark

Customer Reviews

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Angela
10 ratings4 reviews
January 9, 2020
Nice to have a sofa to sit on as an option.
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JessicaHELPFUL REVIEWER
2 ratings2 reviews
December 27, 2019
Very spacious. There was a bag of pop corn and water bottles waiting for us in our room. Only issue was other guests running down the hallways
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The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 21+ to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

Balcony Family Suite

  • Two queen beds and one sofa bed
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the property or at check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW; 87 mi.)
  • Distance to Chicago: 94 mi.

Traveler's Tips

  • Arcade and restaurant/bar available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. Please see the resort website for hours of operation.

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